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Red Bull Ring GP3: Emil Bernstorff scores first series victory

Emil Bernstorff won the second GP3 race at the Red Bull Ring, charging through from seventh on the grid and avoiding the crashing leaders to take his first series victory.

Bernstorff's Carlin team-mate Luis Sa Silva led from pole, but had Status's Nick Yelloly attacking him right from the start. Yelloly grasped the lead at Turn 1 on lap two, but Sa Silva repassed him at Turn 2.

This led to a bottleneck of cars behind, and third-placed Matheo Tuscher was able to leapfrog Yelloly for second on the exit of Turn 2 and attacked Sa Silva into Turn 3.

Sa Silva failed to leave him a car's width on the inside, however, and once on the grass Tuscher was out of control and flew over Sa Silva's rear wheel and into the gravel, taking the erstwhile leader with him.

Unhindered by this, Bernstorff inherited the lead and cruised to a 7.7s victory.

Richie Stanaway lost second place to Jimmy Eriksson with a handful of laps remaining, as Eriksson outbraked him into Turn 2.

The rear-tyre-troubled Stanaway fended off Roman de Beer to the finish for third, de Beer having passed Yelloly for third at Turn 3 with three laps remaining.

Patric Niederhauser finished sixth after Jann Mardenborough spun out of that position at Turn 6 on lap seven. Dino Zamparelli completed the point scorers, while fellow Briton Dean Stoneman charged from 23rd to 10th.

Yesterday's winner Alex Lynn finished 20th after being forced to pit for a new front wing on the opening lap.

Results - 18 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team        Time/Gap
 1. Emil Bernstorff      Carlin       23m24.023s
 2. Jimmy Eriksson       Koiranen     +7.793s    
 3. Richie Stanaway      Status       +11.891s   
 4. Roman de Beer        Trident      +12.336s  
 5. Nick Yelloly         Status       +12.985s  
 6. Patric Niederhauser  Arden        +13.423s  
 7. Patrick Kujala       Manor        +16.947s  
 8. Dino Zamparelli      ART          +19.196s  
 9. Pal Varhaug          Jenzer       +19.701s  
10. Dean Stoneman        Manor        +21.213s  
11. Riccardo Agostini    Hilmer       +21.551s  
12. Santiago Urrutia     Koiranen     +23.846s  
13. Ryan Cullen          Manor        +24.676s  
14. Robert Visoiu        Arden        +25.503s  
15. Adderly Fong         Jenzer       +26.670s  
16. Nelson Mason         Hilmer       +27.382s  
17. Alex Fontana         ART          +30.742s  
18. Victor Carbone       Trident      +33.153s  
19. Alfonso Celis Jr     Status       +37.441s  
20. Alex Lynn            Carlin       +57.946s  
21. Carmen Jorda         Koiranen     +1m11.813s
22. Luis Sa Silva        Carlin       -1 lap


    Jann Mardenborough   Arden         7 laps
    Matheo Tuscher       Jenzer        1 lap
    Marvin Kirchhofer    ART           0 laps
    Nikolay Martsenko    Hilmer        0 laps

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